You can apply to have a restraining order made by the court to protect you from someone who commits family violence or personal violence against you, threatens you or your property, harasses, or intimidates you, and you are concerned that it will continue, if you do nothing about it. A restraining order is an order of the court which tells the offender to stay away from a person and/or to stop behaving in certain ways towards a person.
If a person is subject to a restraining order and breaches the terms of a restraining order, they commit a criminal offence and may be fined or imprisoned.
There are now 3 types of restraining orders – Family Violence Restraining Orders (FVRO); Violence Restraining Orders (VRO) and Misconduct Restraining Orders (MRO) – all governed by the Restraining Orders Act 1997.
Restraining orders are designed to stop threats, acts of violence and emotional abuse from occurring forthwith and in the future.
Misconduct Restraining Orders can also be made where violence or threat of violence may not be present however that is misconduct – such as if you require a person that you are not in a family relationship with to be restrained from behaving in a way that could be considered to be intimidating or offensive; damaging your property or breaching the peace.
I act for both applicants and defendants in any Restraining Order matters. I have the experience to give you the best possible advice and application of the law. Contact me to ensure you get the correct advice from the start and let me guide you through the court process.